Households hiring a pest controller to spray or bait on properties are being reminded by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to check for the technician’s license on the NSW public register.
EPA Regulatory Operations director Adam Gilligan said that the best way to protect families, pets and your backyard is to ensure you are getting an effective and safe pest treatment.
The EPA issues licenses to pest technicians who are trained to use pesticides properly to minimise risks to the environment, property or pets.
“Licensed pest controllers must ensure they only use registered pesticides covered by a label or permit and must take all measures to avoid harming other people, animals or damaging the environment,” Mr Gilligan said.
Before agreeing to any pest control work on their property, the public should ask to see a technician’s licence and also verify this information against the EPA’s register.
The EPA is reminding clients to check the expiry date and photos on the licence are valid.
“Our advice is do not use a pest technician if you cannot verify they are licensed,’’ said Mr Gilligan.
“Pesticides need to be used responsibly and safely. Consumers are completely within their rights to check technicians are accredited.”
Pest controllers are also required to provide the full name of the pesticide product being used on client property.
Part of this disclosure requires technicians to use a safety data sheet about the pesticide they are using, which outlines the precautions required to avoid pesticide exposure.